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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Choose Crosse's Altair alliance

Tony The Gent can fend off his younger rivals
Tony The Gent can fend off his younger rivals

The ElectroCity.ie Fillies Race at Gowran Park only has five runners but of the five runners that go to post here claims could certainly be made for four of them.

ALTAIR (5.50) is the only filly in the line-up with the benefit of a claiming rider and Shane Crosse's 5lb allowance could make a massive difference here.

In a race where so little separates the three horses with official ratings, Altair is just possibly open to more than we've seen yet as she had the unenviable task of following home Oaks hopeful Ping Dogwood last time out.

That is form that could look quite strong by Friday afternoon when the Epsom Oaks takes place.

Ger Lyons runs Fulminate here but his winners could well come from elsewhere on the card as DEFILADE (5.15) is a tentative choice in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden.

Lyons has done a fantastic job with his string owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah and while this son of Bated Breath failed to shine on debut last year, with a winter behind him now he may be able to shape better.

Later on the card in the 33% Off Tickets On GowranPark.ie Handicap, TONY THE GENT (7.30) can fend off his younger rivals.

Six runners face the starter for this mile contest but this looks to be something of a slight drop in grade for the six-year-old who should also appreciate the sound surface for the action this evening.

Nathan Crosse is another valuable apprentice on the circuit at the moment and his 7lb claim might just see MOUNTAIN FOX (6.25) go close in the Think Print Handicap.

The Frank Oakes-trained six-year-old hasn't been able to get his head back in front following his memorable hurdle success at Thurles last winter but he has knocked on the door a few times since then and is worth chancing in a wide open handicap.

Oisín Orr is just one winner away from losing his claim and the apprentice can secure that win on ANYA YLINA (7.00) in the Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel Fillies Maiden. Indeed, Orr is off to Germany to ride Imaging for Dermot Weld in a Group Two tomorrow so it would be perfect timing to lose the claim and begin at the high level.

pTom Hogan is eyeing the Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown as the next target for his stable stalwart Gordon Lord Byron.

It will be seven years in October since the popular veteran claimed the first of his three Group One victories, in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp. He went on to win the 2013 Sprint Cup at Haydock and the George Ryder Stakes in Australia.

Despite having failed to add to his tally of 16 career wins in 2018, he has returned to action as an 11-year-old this year and had a fine effort to finish third in Saturday's Group Two Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh.

GOWRAN PARK TODAY

4.45 Castle Guest

5.15 Defilade

5.50 Altair

6.25 Mountain Fox

7.00 Anya Ylina

7.30 Tony The Gent

8.05 Waterlemon Bay

8.35 The Bittern Cry

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